Huffington Post - A morgue in Western Australia wasn't able to accept a man's body because the corpse weighed 440 pounds.
Joanne Cummings, the co-owner of Pilbara Funeral Services in Port Hedland, said the Hedland Health Campus had refused to take the bodies of two large people in the past year after claiming it did not have the equipment to accept bodies of such size.
Ms Cummings said the latest incident occurred on Wednesday last week, when she was forced to drive two hours home with a 200 kilogram body in her car before alternative arrangements could be made to store the body.
“It’s a load of crap … I could probably put a baby elephant in one of those fridges and it’d fit through the door, and they’re refusing entry for a human being," Cummings told the North West Telegraph. Elephant calves usually weigh between 198 and 265 lb, according to the African Elephant Specialist Group.
In a statement obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Western Australia Country Health Service Regional Director Ron Wynn said the facility is investing in new equipment that can handle bodies that weigh up to 660 pounds, but currently the facility can only transport and store corpses that weight 330 pounds or less.
"It's imperative that at all times a deceased person is treated with the utmost care and respect and viewings are arranged so as not to cause distress and inconvenience to grieving families," Wynn said. "We endeavor to do this in all WA Country Service hospitals."
I really do feel for this guy. Like, seriously, it would totally suck to just be dead and have some asshole morgue workers just continue to remind you that you're fat. Gotta be the ultimate blow to the gut, no pun intended. But 440 lbs., dude? Really? Do you need that excess 200+ poundage? Is food really that good to you that you need to eat it until your arteries are Cyalis-hard and you're getting rejected from morgue's after your fat eats your heart and kills you? Is it THAT good??
Most mind-blowing thing about this story is that it's from Australia. I really picture that place like Sparta in terms of physical form. I honestly didn't think they let you live if you weren't a natural hard body. Like seriously, every person I have ever met who's from Australia is just naturally fit as shit, guy or girl. So to find out that one of the more obese people I've ever heard of is from there, well I gotta admit it made me feel a little better, ya know, for us. For America. We may be the fat guys 99 times out of 100, but not this time. Not this time. (Cue the Little Giants speech)
Oh and also, this Ricky Gervais bit on fat people is a personal favorite. I may or may not feel the exact same way about obesity.